Uluwatu consistently produces more great rides in Bali than any other location. But for how amazing the waves can be, they’re not necessarily ‘perfect’ and certainly less predictable in shape compared to neighbouring breaks like Padang Padang and Bingin.
On top of being a difficult wave to read, there’s often a healthy crowd to navigate. So choosing a line requires not only predicting how the wave is going to break, but also where you’ll be able to fit a turn without taking someone’s head off – Corox’s wave at 2:17 is a great example of juggling these two elements without missing a beat.
Rather than the wave making a surfer look good because it’s so perfect, it’s the surfer having such a good read of the wave (and the crowd) that makes it such a great ride.